Teacher: Alice Daultrey
Docklands Museum Trip
Years 5 and 6 visited the Docklands Museum to learn more about slavery as part of their ‘Freedom' topic. Having been introduced to the idea of the slave trade in class, the children's minds were whirling with questions. Why had this been allowed to happen? How was it stopped? Are there still slaves today? The children set off to the museum keen to find out more. They were amazed to be met by a woman who introduced herself as Ellen Craft and explained that she had been a slave herself until her daring escape across American and eventually by boat to Britain. She convincingly described the conditions of her life and her anger at her lack of freedom. She explained to the children that, as a pale skinned slave, she had been able to disguise herself as a white man enabling her to make her way to safety. The children were so convinced by her story that they were shocked to find out that this was a tale from long ago told by a superb actress! They were sure they had met the real Ellen Craft. After the story-telling show, the children explored the artifacts in the museum before retracing their journey back through the docklands of London, back to the 21st century and their lives of freedom.